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This is what happens when someone takes a well known phrase or saying, and then decides that it doesn't convey quite as much information as it needs to. So the speaker adds a little bit on the end, usually with the modifier "But", usually either missing the point or totally reversing the original meaning of the phrase.

Related to the IceCreamKoan, but differs in that while the first part of the phrase is valid, the second part is clearly tacked on by the speaker. Often said by a SeeminglyProfoundFool in some of his more fauxlisophical moments. YouCantMakeAnOmelette and WhenLifeGivesYouLemons are common victims of this trope.



[[folder: Comedy ]]
* Creator/StevenWright: If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.
* Creator/EddieIzzard: "Guns don't kill people, people do, and monkeys do too (if they've got a gun)"
* Anonymous joke: Before judging a person, walk a mile in their shoes. That way, you'll be a mile away when you judge them, and you'll have their shoes.

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* In the very first issue of ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'', when the titular hero is having a hard time defending a woman from the [[SlaveRace coolflames]]: "Don't worry! When the game gets tough... I wish I was somewhere else."

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* Paul in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'': “With great power comes a lot of people pestering you to use it on their behalf.”
* In ''[[Fanfic/TheAlarmaverse Alarm Clock]]'', after Rainbow Dash breaks a cart by speeding, she says, “Ehhhhh, you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few ... uh, carts.” A few chapters later, Ditzy Doo adapts the saying again: “It’s like they say: you can’t make an omelet without destroying Ponyville Town Hall once or twice.”

[[folder: Film ]]
* ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1990'': Wise man say: Forgiveness is divine, but never pay full price for late pizza.
* ''Film/HoboWithAShotgun'': When life gives you razor blades, you make a baseball bat. Covered in razor-blades.
* ''Film/TheMummy1999'': Rick is fighting off Imhotep while Evy searches the Book of the Dead for the spell that will send him back to the underworld. Rick tries to get her to move a little faster.
-->'''Evy''': Patience is a virtue.\\
'''Rick''': Not right now, it isn't!
* Joker in the ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' gives us this one-letter change from ''Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger''
--> I believe whatever doesn't kill you simply makes you... stranger.
* Toward the end of ''Film/HappyGilmore'', Happy's former boss is wearing a shirt which reads "Guns don't kill people, ''I'' kill people!"

[[folder: Literature ]]
* Creator/TomHolt has used many variants on the omelette saying, most notably ''Only Human'''s "It might be possible to make omelettes without shredding chickens, but it doesn't make for nearly as good television."
* In ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', "Set a thief to catch a thief" is actually the updated, due to Thieves' Guild advocacy, of an older proverb that actually advocated a long and complicated trap to catch a thief.
** There's also "Build a man a fire and he's warm for a day. Set a man on fire and he's warm for the rest of his life."
** William De Worde expands greatly on the "glass half full/half empty" dichotomy, noting that there are also people whose glasses have been knocked over, or people who can't get the bartender's attention, or how the people who run things tend to look at a half-empty glass and say "This isn't my glass! My glass was ''full''! Who's been pinching my beer?"

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'': Sticks and stones may break my bones, but a fifty foot fall will kill y'all!
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** The Ferengi Rules of Acquisition contain an interesting subversion in rule 75: ''Home is where the heart is, but the stars are made of latinum."'' In that case, the [[PopularSayingBut subversion of the original popular saying]] has itself become a popular saying.
** Later played straight with rule 229:
--->'''Rom:''' Latinum lasts longer than lust.\\
'''O'Brien:''' Maybe, but lust can be a lot more fun!
* The ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Stasis Leak" has:
-->'''Holly''': What I'm saying, Dave, is that it's better to have loved and to have lost... than to listen to an album by Olivia Newton-John.\\
'''Cat''': Why's that?\\
'''Holly''': [[TakeThat Anything's better than listening to an album by Olivia Newton-John.]]
* In ''Series/CameraCafe'', Paolo always repeats twice the first part of the proverb he's about to say. For example: "An apple a day... an apple a day".

[[folder: Music ]]
* The ''Babyshambles'' song "Sticks and stones" has the following chorus: Sticks and stones may break my bones/Oh but your words, they really hurt.
* About 90% of Music/TheyMightBeGiants lyrics.
** From the song "Rhythm Section Want Ad": "Speak softly and drive a Sherman tank / Laugh hard, it's a long way to the bank"
* Tracy Lawrence also had a song called "Sticks and Stones," with the operative line being, "These sticks and stones may break me, but the words you said just tore my heart in two."
* ''"[[Music/{{Rihanna}} Sticks and stones may break my bones]], [[UsefulNotes/{{BDSM}} but chains and whips excite me.]]"'' Na-na-na-na, come on.

[[folder: Memetic Mutation ]]
* Candy is dandy, but sex won't rot your teeth.
* Guns don't kill people, people kill people. [[DistinctionWithoutADifference With guns.]]

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* ''VideoGame/KatamariDamacy'': Love makes the world go round... But Manners keep you from getting motion sickness.

[[folder: Web Comics ]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Achewood}}'': Eating an apple a day keeps the doctor away... but throwing it at him works better!
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0138.html Here]]: "You can't make an omelet without permanently deafening someone."
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0760.html And later on:]] "You can't make an omelette without ruthlessly crushing dozens of eggs beneath your steel boot and then publicly disembowling the chickens that laid them as a warning to others."
* Webcomic/{{xkcd}} offers two takes on a classic, one in [[http://xkcd.com/1216/ this comic]] and one in its AltText.
-->'''Father''': Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words--\\
'''Child''': --can make someone else feel happy or sad, which is literally the only thing that matters in this stupid world?\\
'''AltText''': Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can make me think I deserved it.
* ''Webcomic/OzyAndMillie'' [[http://www.glasswings.com.au/comics/ozyandmillie/d/20021105.html has this take]]:
-->'''Llewellyn''': That which does not kill me, makes me stranger.\\
'''Ozy''': Are you sure you don't mean "stronger"?\\
'''Llewellyn''': Quite sure, yes.

[[folder: Web Original ]]
* WantonCrueltyToTheCommonComma: CAPS LOCK IS CRUISE CONTROL FOR COOL, but don't forget to steer!
* From ''Theatre/{{Starship}}'':
--> '''[[spoiler: Junior]]''': We have a saying where I come from too; God save the Queen.\\
'''Bug''': Oh, good.\\
'''[[spoiler: Junior]]''': Lucky for me, GodIsDead.
* ''WebVideo/TheGuild'' gives us this gem:
--> '''Vork''': Women. Can't live with them... they will not go out with me.
* "Today's proverb", the CreditsGag at the end of each episode of ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' are usually like this:
-->What has four legs in the morning, two legs at noon, and three legs in the evening?[[note]]An old riddle: It's a person, crawling on all fours as a baby, walking on two legs for most of their life, and then using a cane in the "evening" of their life[[/note]] I don't know, but I trapped it in my bedroom. Send help.\\
If you love someone, set them free. Set them free now. This is the police, and we have you surrounded.
** Also, a twist on a National Rifle Association motto: "Guns don't kill people,[[note]]...people kill people.[[/note]] it's impossible to be killed by a gun, we are all invincible to bullets and it's a miracle".
** A staple for the Night Vale twitter feed. For example, "Home is where the heart is. You'll never guess where we hid it, though."

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower'': Blood is thicker than water... But not nearly as refreshing.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': Blood is thicker than water. But mango chutney is thicker than blood.
* ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents'': "Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words leave emotional scars that never heal!"
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'':
-->'''Ed:''' An elephant never forgets, but I forget what the elephant remembered.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanAssaultOnArkham:'' When Harley Quinn spots the Joker's cell and tries to shoot him:
-->'''Joker:''' Women! Am I right, officer? [[CantLiveWithThemCantLiveWithoutThem Can't live with 'em...]] can't kick 'em out of a moving car.